Chiara Civello

Air Date: 2/6/2022 

Back in 2005 we received a CD from Chiara Civello, a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I thought it was great to have music from what I naively guessed was a hometown artist. As I later learned, Ms. Civello had traveled from Italy for her musical training, and then returned to become a celebrated singer-songwriter in her home country. 

But I think it would be more accurate to consider Ms. Civello as an international artist. Here's why: Her music celebrates great songs from countries where jazz is especially popular: U.S., Brazil, Italy, and France. 

I like this story from Ms. Civello's recent press release explaining how she became creatively involved with Brazilian jazz:

After landing in Rio to visit her friend Daniel Jobim, Chiara was taken to a musical party (SARAO) where she met a lot of great Brazilian artists playing their songs and exchanging creative ideas. A guitar was going around the room and stopped at Chiara’s place. From that moment on her new phase started. She started writing with and for other artists and explored the beauty and the generosity of the Brazilian music community.

On her prior albums Last Quarter Moon, The Space Between, and Eclipse, you can hear a number of Brazilian songs, all given Ms. Civello's personal touch.

The new project focuses on what the producer Marc Collins refers to as "international songs," which are songs that originated outside the U.S. and whose melodies are well known around the world, with lyrics written in languages other than English. Often such songs are renamed and new lyrics added, all in English, and then they go on to become signatures for famous American artists.

Take the song My Way, for example, which closes down the second hour of this edition of the SJB. This song was originally written as Comme d'Habitude, by the French composers  Claude François and Jacques Revaux. Vocalist Paul Anka wrote new English lyrics, and the rest is history - the song becoming a signature for Frank Sinatra. 

On the upcoming show you'll hear three tracks from the new CD, scattered among the first three hours of the show. Enjoy!

This Just In

I have been playing pianist David Janeway's new CD Distant Voices and will explore it further in this show. A fine pianist, Mr. Janeway is also a psychiatrist! I wonder what influence there might be on his music from his day job.

Drummer Matt Gordy's new CD features Jeff Ellwood and Alan Pasqua. We'll hear his version of Sunny with vocalist Sherry Williams. I follow that up with a version of the popular song from Steve Kuhn's 1998 release Love Walked In, featuring Buster Williams. Which version do you like?

I suppose that previewing Matt Gordy's CD made me want to hear just a bit more of Mr. Pasqua, so we have him on solo piano from his 2020 release Day Dream. What a pleasure to hear that delicate touch on the keys that so identifies his sound.  

During Brazil/World hour I have two delicious tracks from João Donato, released in 1995. Also of note during the hour are two versions of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Estrada Do Sol, an instrumental and a vocal. I didn't know that there were lyrics to this song, as I have always heard it just on piano. I love having discoveries like this!

Thanks for tuning in to the Sunday Jazz Brunch.



HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Randy Napoleon\Rust Belt Roots 2021\Man Who Sells Flowers (solo)
David Janeway\Distant Voices 2022\Brigitte
Rosana Eckert\Brasuka - A Vida Com Paixao 2021\Reina's Song
Pete Malinverni\On the Town 2022\Somewhere
Curtis Stigers\06 Keep Me From The Cold single
Thomas Heflin\Symmetry 2021\Eastern Star
Dave Stryker\As We Are 2021\Saudade
George Kahn Quartet-DreamCatcher-11 DONT LET ME BE LONELY TONIGHT-2020
Chiara Civello\Chansons 2022\The Good Life
Freddy Cole-In the Name of Love-08 When It Rains 2003
Lili Anel-Another Place, Another Time-04 Forgotten 2017

HOUR TWO: New For You

David Janeway\Distant Voices 2022\Gardenia
Dee Bell\Love for Sailing Over Seas 2022\By Chance (Acaso)
Matt Olson\Matt-Olson-Open-Spaces 2022\BopCycle
Jim Knapp Orchestra\It's-Not-Business-It's-Personal 2021\Afterthought
Piet Verbist\Secret-Exit-to-Another-Dimension 2022\Pannonica
Matt Gordy\Be With Me 2022\Sunny feat Sherry Williams
Steve Kuhn Trio Love Walked In 03 Sunny 1998
Stacey Kent-Tenderly-07 No Moon At All 2015 feat Roberto Menescal guit
Alan Pasqua\Day Dream 2020\09 The Sounds Around The House
Eric Person\Blue Vision 2022\Dear Old Stockholm feat Houston Person
Chiara Civello\Chansons 2022\12 - MY WAY (Comme d’habitude)

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Alfredo Cardim Trio-07 Chovendo na Roseira (1995)
João Donato-Coisas Tao Simples 1995-04 Café Com Pão (Jodel)
Joe Henderson-Page One-01 Blue Bossa 1963
João Donato-Coisas Tao Simples 1995-Nua Idéia
Diego Figueiredo-Antarctica-08 Edgewater Park-2021
Ed Johnson-Movimento-01 Scotch Baião 2004
Claudio Roditi-Simpatico-04 Slow Fire 2010
Mafalda Minnozzi-CinemaCity 2021-12 Se
Antonio Carlos Jobim-Some of the Best -09 Estrada Du Sol
Karrin Allyson-Imagina- Songs of Brazil-13 Estrada Do Sol 2008
Chiara Civello\Chansons 2022\09 - I WISH YOU LOVE (Que reste-t-il de nos amours)
Chuck Loeb-Plain N' Simple-06 E Com Esse Que Eu Vou 2011
Claudio Roditi-Simpatico-06 A Dream for Kristen 2010

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Najee-Center of the Heart-01 Bella Vista 2019
Norman Brown\Heart To Heart\Heading Wes
Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal-Double Dealin'-06 You Ga (Ta Give It)-2020
Dan Dean-251 2019-01 'S Wonderful
Vincent Ingala\Fire And Desire 2021\Hypnotic State
Randy Napoleon-Common Tones-03 You've Got to Hang On 2019
Joey DeFrancesco-More Music 2021-09 More Music
Phil Perry-Breathless-10-Moments inthe Houst of Love
Eric Marienthal & Chuck Loeb-Bridges-06 Lucky Southern (2015)
Brian Simpson\All That Matters 2021\A Soft Touch
Chuck Yamek-Feels So Right-03 2003
Euge Groove-Groove On-11 The Healing (cinema) 2017


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